8 February 2018. The President of the Republic of Ghana and the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that work on the Barracks Regeneration Programme for the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) is still ongoing.
As captured in the 2018 budget to mitigate the accommodation and housing deficit of GAF, he noted that a reactivation and construction of stalled SSNIT housing project would help solve the acute accommodation problems faced by GAF and also enhance the working efficiency of personnel.
He revealed these during the first meeting of the second session of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana when he presented a message on the state of the nation as required by the 1992 constitution on Thursday 8 February, 2018.
The President said efforts were been made to strengthen cyber security to build confidence and protect the use of electronic communications in national development.
He assured Ghanaians that, the law enforcement agencies would crackdown on criminal activities in the country. He hinted that an amount of GH¢800 million had been made available to produce and supply modern policing equipment and gadgets to enhance the capacity of the police to enforce law and order.
He stated that 1,000 vehicles, motorbikes and ammunition would be given to the Police to enhance security. He noted that so far 100 vehicles had been purchased already for the police as a result of successful renegotiation of existing contracts and in the long term, plans were underway to purchase drones and helicopters to assist the police to combat crimes.
On galamsey issues, the President mentioned that even though the ban on galamsey operations was not a long term solution, it had controlled its activities. He therefore lauded the security forces for the fight against the menace and described personnel undertaking the operation as “Ghanaian patriots of the first order.”
He encouraged Ghanaians to support the men and women of the Security Services involved in Operation Calm Life, Vanguard and Operation Cow Leg aimed at safe guarding Ghanaians and the peace of the nation.